Essential facts about energy plans in South Australia
- The state's energy market was deregulated in 2002
- There are more than 15 electricity providers and 8 gas providers
- You may be able to save money by switching plans
There are a number of suppliers operating in the South Australian energy market and consumers have a lot of choice when it comes to finding a gas or electricity plan.
See how to compare providers and if you could save money below.
The South Australian energy market has been deregulated since 2002, meaning providers are free to set their own prices. While there is only one main distributor of both gas and electricity, there are a number of provider options in both markets.
SA Power Networks is the main electricity distributor in South Australia, though some remote systems are provided by other companies.
There are currently more than 15 electricity suppliers in South Australia, including:
Like the electricity market, there is only one major gas distributor in South Australia, with Envestra/Australian Gas Networks covering the majority of the state. However, there are some remote systems operated by other companies.
There are also a number of gas suppliers operating in South Australia. These are:
A free energy market means more choices for consumers. To get your energy dollars many providers will offer discounts, special offers or unique plans to suit your energy needs. Here's what you should look out for:
Switching energy providers is easy. All you need to do is find a new provider, then contact it to organise the changeover.
The hard part is comparing providers and plans to find one that suits you and hopefully saves you money. Always think about your specific needs and circumstances when you're choosing a plan. Make sure you consider the following:
Many households in South Australia have an advanced digital meter, or smart meter, installed. They measure how much electricity you use and when you use it, which allows the provider to calculate your usage patterns more accurately. This means the provider can charge you based on peak and off-peak usage, and advise you of your exact monthly costs rather than relying on estimates. Smart meters send information to the provider automatically, so there's no need for someone to come and manually check your meter.
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